Oct. 25, 2008
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team rallied from a first-set loss for the second-straight contest, defeating visiting Weber State 21-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-14 in a Big Sky Conference match on Saturday evening (Oct. 25). The win kept Eastern tied with Portland State for second place in the league standings.
The Eagles used a modified 5-1 offense tonight, with Amanda Yausie and Ashley Hamilton splitting the setting duties, tallying 27 and 20, respectively.
“Ashley is a better ball handler and a bigger blocker, but Amanda is a good defender in the back row,” head coach Miles Kydd said. “Amanda is practicing well and played well on Tuesday (in a 3-0 win over Seattle University), while Ashley is hurt from running into the scorer’s table on Thursday (in a 3-1 win over Idaho State). So we are taking it easy on Ashley while fully trusting Amanda, who was our setter her first year.”
The two helped several Eagles (12-9, 7-3 BSC) hit well tonight. Hayley Hills hit .389 (18-4-36) with 18 kills, Chelsea Ross hit at a .545 clip (6-0-11), and Chenoa Coviare hit .429 (7-1-14). Alysha Cook also had a good night offensively, tallying 16 putaways.
Defensively, Coviare had six blocks and Cook contributed five. Mandy Daniels set the digging pace with 13, and Hills had 10.
Allison Reinstein had three service aces (and no errors), tied for the fourth-highest ace total by an Eagle so far this year.
In set one, the Wildcats (14-10, 5-5 BSC) pulled away late, going on a 4-1 run at the end to win 25-21.
“Our left side didn't do much in that first set, and we are not going to get very far without production from our left side players,” Kydd said. “We just stuck with it. The biggest thing is that the team just didn't give up. We've been down lots of times. These guys played from behind all last year, so I don't think it really gets to them. They know it is a long match.”
The second set then saw EWU respond by extending an 11-9 advantage into a convincing 25-15 win.
Eastern Washington had a dominating 6-0 run in set three to go up 12-5. Included within that spurt were two service aces by Reinstein and a trio of Eagle blocks (Coviare assisted on all three, Ross on two and Cook on the other). The Eagles went up 21-10 and cruised from there. Eastern then dominated set four, grabbing an 18-8 lead and winning 25-14.
“Overall, we played better,” Kydd said. “I think our blocking had a big effect on them. They started thinking about tipping, and we basically dictated the match at that point.”
The Eagles completed a perfect 4-0 homestand tonight. The quartet of matches started with a 3-2 victory over Sacramento State before concluding with a 3-0 sweep of Seattle University and a pair of 3-1 wins against Idaho State and Weber State.
Eastern Washington will now hit the road, first taking on Montana at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday (Oct. 30). The Grizzlies fell to first-place Northern Colorado (8-2 BSC) 3-1 tonight and dropped to 9-11, 5-5 in Big Sky play.